Obama issues call to tackle climate change

US President Barack Obama  waves to spectators before he  delivers a speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate  at Pariser Platz in Berlin, Germany,  Wednesday June 19, 2013. At right stands German chancellor Angela Merkel.   On the second day of his visit to Germany, Obama met with German President Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel before delivering a speech at Brandenburg Gate. Atop of the gate the Quadriga sculpture.  ( AP Photo/Michael Kappeler,Pool)

US President Barack Obama waves to spectators before he delivers a speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate at Pariser Platz in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday June 19, 2013. At right stands German chancellor Angela Merkel. On the second day of his visit to Germany, Obama met with German President Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel before delivering a speech at Brandenburg Gate. Atop of the gate the Quadriga sculpture. ( AP Photo/Michael Kappeler,Pool)

BERLIN (AP) -- President Barack Obama is calling climate change "the global threat of our time."

In a speech Wednesday in Berlin, Obama issued a call to tackle global warming. It's an issue he has promised to make a priority since his 2008 presidential campaign.

Obama told the crowd of some 4,500 people who turned out to hear him at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate, "Peace with justice means refusing to condemn our children to a harsher, less hospitable planet."

He said the U.S. has expanded renewable energy from clean sources and is doubling automobile fuel efficiency. But Obama says without more action by all countries, the world faces more severe storms, famine, floods, vanishing coastlines and displaced refugees.

He said, "This is the future we must avert."


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